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Weekly Bulletin

(17th December 2017)

StColumba Church

MASS INTENTIONS: Maria Stella LaRosa, Domenico Sansalone, Maria Ando and Tindara Pintaudi, memorial Mass offered; Christopher Cooke anniversary, requested by Ruth and Richard Cooke, Mass offered; Fr. John Gandini ordination anniversary, requested by John and Sue Catling, Mass offered; Philip Catling and Mark O’Loughlin, third anniversaries, requested by John and Sue Catling, 9.30 am Mass today; Vigil Mass for parishioners.

Christmas Day this year is on a Monday, which means the Vigil Mass for Christmas is on Sunday. Therefore, the Vigil Mass will be at 6 pm preceded by Christmas Carols from 5.00 pm and followed by our customary Christmas Cheer in front of the Church with the spectacular views. Christmas Day Masses at 7.30 am and 9.30 am.

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Following the Vigil Mass on Sunday Dec. 24 at 6pm, we will have our customary social gathering in front of the Church. Donations of Christmas cake, biscuits, cordial/cool drink and sherry or white or red wine are now sought. We thank Pierre of Karalee on Preston and LiquorBaron on Angelo Street for his sponsorship donation.Please bring to the Parish Office, especially on Wednesday from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm or Friday from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm. Volunteers to set up the place and cut the cakes would be appreciated. Contact  Beth Maramara 0417 687 399.

ADVENT RECONCILIATION: The Second Rite of Reconciliation with our own or visiting priests will be on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7.30 pm. Please take this opportunity for your Christmas Confession.

ADVENT PROGRAM: Daily reflections for each day of Advent and Christmastide. Beautifully prepared and illustrated, $5 per copy for the pocket-size, 67- page text. Shared reflection will be offered on Monday after 10 am Mass for an hour in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

FRANKLY 2018: The new edition of this excellent, topical, illustrated book has a picture of Pope Francis on the cover. Parenting and communication skills are highlighted, as is Robert Falzon, co-founder of menALIVE movement for men. All this and more, only $3 per copy. Consider as a gift or even Christmas present.

THE RECORD MAGAZINE: The Christmas edition now available, they are free. The theme is adult faith and features on the cover, Archbishop Costelloe baptising an adult male. There is an analysis of the Commonwealth Census and fewer people identifying themselves as Christian, in Australia. There are Christmas messages from the Archbishop and Bishop Don. Enjoy some reflective reading.

PARISH HISTORY are available in both soft cover $20 and hardcover $50 from the porch tables or the Parish Office. You may consider as possible Christmas gifts.

BIBLES: Hard-covered and sell for $19.95 each.

SUNDAY MISSALS: Complete edition, $35 each.

YEAR OF YOUTH: We welcome young parishioners aged 12-30 years to the Vigil Mass and the light drinks in the Parish Centre afterward. I thank Dina Robertson for organising. Archbishop Costelloe announced at the recent Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney, attended by Bishop Don and himself and young people from WA. The next gathering will be in Perth in December 2019. For further details go to www.therecord.com.au The photo shows Archbishop Costelloe and Perth Youth Director Anita Parker. Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin, P.P.

REMEMBRANCE OF THE INNOCENTS: The noticeboard has a place marked “Columbarium News”. Babies and children may be named on the Remembrance of the Innocents plaque and date of birth and death and the parents’ names. See the draft plaque on the noticeboards. Memorials of adults, buried or cremated elsewhere may be placed on the external perimeter wall under the patronage of Sts. Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus. Email columbarium@southperthcatholic.org
Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin, P.P.

INSURANCE DUE: The parish insurance premium is the largest recurring annual expenditure $12,742.42, covering the Church for $4,353,000, contents $395,500, Parish Centre $564,000, contents $66,000 and Presbytery $771,000, contents $76,500. We ask those who are not members of the Planned Giving Program to give extra to the second collection. Thank you.